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in tripoli before making a final attack on the city. nato has again defended its operation after a meeting with russian officials, which failed to resolve disagreements about the military intervention. we have this report from the rebel front line. >> the magnificent mountain range overlooking the plane that leads to gaddafi's stronghold of tripoli. from this point, tripoli is only 52 miles away, close enough for this rebel commander to get a mobile phone signal to talk to his family. at present, they have mostly been abandoned. the rebels cleared his troops out of here fast. this is the heartland of libya's people. for decades, gaddafi regime has stamped down a card on their language and culture. now there's strange alphabet's is making a comeback in the streets. the rebel gains field permanent. gaddafi's forces seems too weak to recapture this territory. the number 2 in the rebel army thinks the war will end very soon. >> a month and a half. >> his bosses do not want him to stage an all-out attack on tripoli yet. they are worried about civilian casualties and want to make for an uprising
. and this is tripoli, where the heart of the city, green square, is now decorated with a gigantic portrait of colonel gaddafi himself. he has never been a man to shrink from self pulled the city. but now, britain, which was keenest about bombing gaddafi's libya, has decided to cut the last remaining diplomatic links. >> we longer recognize them as representatives of the libyan government -- we no longer recognize them as representatives of the libyan government and we invite a new diplomatic to take over the embassy in london. >> bridgton has joined 29 other countries in recognizing the transitional council. france did so at the start. germany, turkey and the u.s. took longer, but not as long as britain. russia says recognizing them is taking sides in a civil war, but it agrees colonel gaddafi must go. china just says the ntc is an important dialogue partner. but it means there will be a new set of diplomats. >> in the u.k., normal political relationships will resume like every two countries have. >> but from tripoli, the finance. defiance. -- the financ >> i tell the british government, the rebels w
they are waiting for an uprising in the capital tripoli before they make their final push to capture the city. , who is in the west that the rebel movement has made the fastest progress against the gaddafi loyalists. we have a report now from the mountains in western libya. >> this. , the magnificent mountain range overlooking the plane that leads to the gaddafi stronghold of tripoli. from this point, according to our gps, tripoli is only 52 miles away, close enough for this rebel commander to get a mobile telephone signals of began to talk to this family. at present, the villages here have mostly been abandoned during the fighting of the last few weeks. the rebels cleared the gaddafi troops out of here fast. this is the heartland of the libyan people, who for decades, the gaddafi regime has stand down hard on their language and culture, but now, they're strange alphabet is making a comeback in the streets. the rebel gains feel permanent. the gaddafi forces seemed to be too weak and dispirited to recapture this territory. the number two in the rebel army, he thinks the war will end fairly soo
the western front, a lot closer to tripoli. nbc's mike tiabbi is thehere inn maloot. where the rebels say they're preparing for an all-out assault on gadhafi's center of power. mike, good evening. >> reporter: brian the rebels here say they have a better shot at getting to tripoli and getting to moammar gadhafi than those in the east who have been stalled hundreds of miles away for months. but gadhafi is fighting back too, turning his town into a ghost town. three more platoons of rebel soldiers ready to join the war. the training here in maloot, just 40 miles from the border crossing in tunisia the rebels control. they also control almost all the mountain towns along the main highway supplying the gadhafi regime in tripoli. now the rebels are aiming for the town of garyan, less than 60 miles from the capital. the commander of the rebel forces who asked not to be identified because of fear of retribution against his family says the rebels can win, but need more help from nato. right now, as men try to salvage captured gadhafi army weapons because they don't have enough of their own and can't k
. >> a series of loud explosions have been heard in tripoli and black smoke has been seen rising from one of the regime's key city compounds. nato has not confirmed any details of operations over the city. meanwhile, earlier, colonel gaddafi was heard in an audio address to supporters, threatening attacks in europe unless nato holds his air strikes. our correspondent reports from tripoli. >> a little earlier, we heard a series of loud explosions from the center of tripoli. we're not exactly sure what was hit, but there are reports of large pulls of black smoke in the center of the city. in the last few minutes, there's been more sound of jet aircraft flying over the city. anti-aircraft fire. clearly, there does appear to be a nato operation going in and around the city of tripoli this evening. this follows the largest demonstration we've seen in many, many weeks. tens of thousands of pro-gaddafi supporters flooded into the middle of tripoli into green square this afternoon in a show of defiance and support for the gaddafi regime. it was addressed by colonel gaddafi via telephone during wh
weeks. rebels are now speaking about pushing on toward tripoli. >> we are alliance, they chant. these are the men that rebels say will strike the final blow against gaddafi, liberating the capital. most are from tripoli. they fled at the start of the uprising. their commanders are telling them it could only be a matter of weeks before they return. their families are still there, so they hide their faces. they may look a bit sinister, but beneath the masks, they are doctors, lawyers, teachers. it is as if the working class went to war. [singing] they're fighting for high ideals. these do not seen the kind of men to except a compromise with the regime. the accept a compromise with the regime. their hopes lie here in the mountains. tripoli is a mere 60 miles away. just months ago, rebel-held towns were under siege, battered by the loyalists heavy artillery. just a couple of big towns now stand between them and the road to tripoli. this is not a regular army. it often seems like quite a sleepy little war. >> rebels do seem to have some forward momentum at this part of the front lin
. they were overjoyed by britain's decision to recognize them. this is tripoli where the heart of the city was the green square is decorated with a gigantic portrait of colonel gaddafi himself. he has never been a man to shrink from self publicity. britain, which was keenest about bombing libya has decided to cut the last remaining diplomatic links. >> we no longer recognize them as the representatives of the libyan government and we are inviting the national transitional council to appoint a new diplomat to take over the embassy in london. >> britain has joined 29 other countries in recognizing the national transitional council. france did so at the start. germany, turkey, and the u.s. took longer but not as long as britain. russia says recognizing the ntc is taking sides in a civil war but agrees colonel gaddafi must go. china says the ntc is an important dialogue partner. in britain, a new set of diplomats. >> the u.k. and the national transocean council can conduct normal relationships what governments do. >> from tripoli, defiance. >> they are flogging a dead horse. the rebels will no
. >> a series of loud explosions have been heard in tripoli and black smoke had been seen rising from one of the regime's city compounds. nato has not confirmed any details of the operation over the city. meanwhile earlier, colonel qaddafi was heard to supporters threaten attacks in europe unless nato halts air strikes against the regime in libya. our correspondent rupert winfield hayes reports from tripoli. >> a little earlier we heard a series of loud explosions from the center of tripoli. we're not exactly sure what was hit but there are reports of large polls of black smoke rising from one particular compound in the center of the city. in the last few minutes there been more sound of jet aircraft floying over the city, anti-aircraft fire. clearly there does appear to be a nato operation going on in and around the city of tripoli this evening. this follows the largest thron station in support of the qaddafi regime we have seen here in many, many weeks. tens of thousands of pro qaddafi supporters flooded into green square this afternoon in a show of defiance n. a show of support for thi
overnight in the capital of tripoli are thought to be air strikes by nato fighter planes. four explosions rocked the hotel where much of the international media is stationed. there are no reports of damage or casualties. meanwhile, representatives of colonel gaddafi's government have said that they are ready to hold more talks with senior u.s. officials. the offer comes after more than four months of nato bombing raids. we report from tripoli. >> which one man still dominates life in tripoli? the answer can almost be seen from space. tonight, colonel gaddafi's supporters and build a giant picture of their leader. they say it is -- unveiled a giant picture of their leader. they say it is the biggest banner in the world and a good luck charm. >> do you want to protect him? >> we will protect him. we will burn down all the world. >> we were invited to watch the demonstrators in tripoli square. >> where ever you look here, there are pictures of colonel gaddafi. he will not appear in public because of the nato bombing campaign. his supporters have to make do with photographs instead of the rea
. gadhafi still controls tripoli, but on the ground, the rebels fighting in the western mountains could use support from the international community. nbc's mike tiabbi has been in the fight this week and reports from the town of qawalish in that region. >> reporter: by any measure, this has clearly been an up and down week for the rebels, winning and losing and fighting to retake a single town, wrk qawalish that would have moved them one notch closer to tripoli. the new promise of international, financial and political support was welcome news for these fighters. said former gadhafi air force colonel, who's now fighting for the rebels. is that good news for you to hear? >> exactly, it's very, very good news and gives us more of a chance to give freedom to our people and our country, especially. >> reporter: the chances for a rebel victory seemed limited in our two visits to the changing front line earlier in the week. we all stick together, right? okay. >> reporter: we saw very young fighters going into battle with home made rocket launchers and then scattering with gadhafi's heavier artill
on tripoli. >> you can hear it. ♪ >> welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and also a round the globe. the last few days have brought in a credible reversal of fortune for rupert murdoch's media empire. today came another blow. public and political pressure, news corporation withdrew its bid for bskyb. it is another casualty of the hacking firestorm. now prime minister david cameron has announced details of a far- reaching inquiry into recent events. for more on how the deal went bust, here is the bbc business editor. a warning, there is some flash photography. >> rupert murdoch, the great news mogul, in the news for the wrong reasons. putting on a brave face before one of the great humiliations' of his career, the abandonment for his attempt to take over bskyb. here is the explosives didn't. we believe the proposed acquisition of bskyb by news corporation would benefit both companies, but it is too difficult to progress in this climate. that adverse comment, protests outside parliament and inside about the bskyb deal. and after the deal was off -- >> i think this is the right decisio
significant advances towards the capital of tripoli. we have been talking to rebels on the front line near the city of misrata. >> a quite extraordinary change has taken place here this village. just a few days ago when we were here, there was scores of men firing their guns, firing of rockets, and behind this sandbank over in that direction. you can see the amount of spent cartridges littered about the place as evidence of how fighting the -- how intense the fighting was. this is almost completely empty. down that road is where they have gone. the rebel fighters have dug in. this is the first time that the front line here has moved in six weeks. it might be a small distance but it represents a small breakthrough for the deadlock. some of the fighters we have spoken to say that there was very intensive fighting they have seen in the past few days and many casualties. they say that nato has done absolutely nothing. they have heard and seen their planes circling in the sky but they have not helped out. they believe that they could finish this tomorrow but they don't want to. >> we can hear t
's forces is now in its 17th week. the rebels haven't succeeded in assaulting his capital, tripoli, but we wanted to know how the rebels are faring. so we asked mark phillips to check in, in the mountains outside tripoli where qaddafi's opponents have a stronghold. >> reporter: in a war known for swings of mood and fortune, there's a new judgment to the step of the soldiers joining the rebel fight against moammar qaddafi up in libya's western mountains. this has become the war's newest and most dynamic front, where the rebels have pushed closest to qaddafi's seat of power in tripoli. it's also where those manning the forward positions say qaddafi is fighting back. >> he's still shooting missile. >> reporter: on this village? >> it's dangerous for you. >> reporter: qaddafi is definitely still shooting. we were able too pull back quickly as the old soviet-style and highly inaccurate grad missiles began to drop. but the rebels held their positions under the daily barrage. this is important ground they've taken. this is the furthest point of the rebel advance so far. it's a little village, qaw
rebels and pro-gadhafi forces, just where do things stand? nbc's stephanie gosk is in tripoli, libya tonight. stephanie? >> reporter: good evening, kate. this is one of the largest rallies we've seen in recent weeks. thousands of supporters came out with guns and flags to show their support. gadhafi phoned in to state tv to address the crowd and to warn nato if they continued with this bombardment, that their countries would be next, their homes, offices and families. this speech was just 24 hours after his daughter told french tv that the government is actually in informal talks with the rebels. she then went on to call the rebels the devil. not exactly diplomatic language. kate? >> after months, where do we stand now? are the rebel forces making any gains? are we any closer to gadhafi stepping down? >> reporter: well, if the idea is that rebel forces will make a big push into tripoli and force him to step aside, that's unlikely to happen any time soon. they have been making progress southwest of here. they've been battling over the city of bir al ghanim. today gadhafi's forces push
which has stretched on for months now intensified today as a u.n. envoy arrived in tripoli for talks. countries, including britain and france, appear to be shifting their stance on whether muammar gaddafi has to leave the country. from tripoli, our correspondent reports. >> he is still the biggest man in libya. nato has bombed colonel gaddafi for months, but the leader and his supporters just will not go away. william has now followed rebels in suggesting that if he gives up power, he may be able to stay inside his own country, but the government says no. >> with due respect, he cannot decide on behalf of the libyan people. what is important to us is what is important to us, not what william decides. >> and these pictures give us an idea of the defiance of colonel gaddafi. there was the man convicted of the lockerbie bombing, still alive, almost two years after he was sent home from scotland with terminal cancer. al-megrahi. we found more of this supporters on the front line with the rebels. nato has not been able to get them to surrender. it has been bombing since march. nato aircra
still dominates life in tripoli? the answer can almost be seen from space. tonight, colonel gaddafi supporters and unveiled a giant picture of their leader. they say it is the biggest banner in the world. to some, it is also a good luck charm. >> i am not worried because i am safe here in libya. >> are you worried about his safety? do you want to protect him? >> we will not protect him. >> the government invited us to watch loyal demonstrators in tripoli square. >> wherever you look there are pictures of colonel gaddafi. but the leader himself does not appear in public because of nato's bombing campaign. his supporters have to make do with pictures and photographs. even in his -- >> even in his hometown he does not make an appearance. it is hard to get a sense of life of government control beyond the demonstrations. we did have these shots in the evening in tripoli. right here, no immediate sense of siege. if people are worried about losing a leader, or a war, they are hiding it well. >> now to the u.s. debt talks, which -- with the clock ticking down to the of the second deadline.
'll get reaction from tripoli in a moment. first, here is the announcement made by the british foreign secretary. >> we informed him that he and other regime diplomats from the gaddafi regime must now leave the united kingdom. we no longer recognize them as the representatives of the libyan government and we are inviting the national transitional council to appoint a new envoy takeover the libyan embassy in london. in line with the un security council resolution, the u.k. continues to explore how to un freeze assets to support the national transitional council. >> in the meantime, let's take a look get some of the other stories making headlines today. oslo is a city still on edge after the mass killings last friday. just a few hours ago, oslo's central railway station was briefly evacuated after a suspicious suitcase was spotted on a bus. the head of the norway domestic intelligence agency says there's nothing to suggest the anders breivik -- that anders breivik acted on his own. >> the foreign minister of norway arrives one day before the massacre. there's a holiday atmosphere among t
, we are on the front lines in misrata. rebels are trying to push west towards tripoli. and afghanistan, the british army builds a damn. this has never actually been installed. the u.s. has no shortage of those searching for a better life but is tied at the leader of this century? >> we're headed towards a decline. there will have to be a course correction or this will and very badly. -- will end very badly. there was much jubilation among the rebels in libya this week when they heard that muammar gaddafi is the subject of an arrest warrant. more than 100 days before nato began military operations, anti gaddafi fighters began their operations. >> this was his very first day on the front line. a 19-year-old is being wheeled into surgery. another casualty in a besieged city where defiance is curdling into frustration. >> i don't think that nato is helping as much as they should be. there is a delay. >> amputation is the only option. a 19-year-old boy, a student in college. they're going to amputate his leg. for what? he does wants his freedom, that is all. that is all. >> of the weary def
to tripoli. mike tiabbi is there where the rebels say they're preparing for an all-out assault on gadhafi's center of power. mike, good evening. >> reporter: brian the rebels here say they have a better shot to getting to tripoli and getting to moammar gadhafi than those in the east who have been fighting for months. but gadhafi is fighting back too, turning his town into a ghost town. three more platoons of libyan soldiers ready to join the war. the training here in maloot, just 40 miles from the border crossing in tunisia the rebels control. they also control all the main towns along the main highway, now the rebels are aiming for the town of garyan. the commander of the rebel forces who asked not to be identified because of fear of retribution against his family. right now, gadhafi -- they can't keep gadhafi's arrest tilly from raining down in the dead of night. so many homes and random targets hit, that 2/3 of maloot citizens have fled to tunisia. there are now 2,000 to 3,000 rebel fighters, enough to take on tripoli, but not enough to win the battle on their own. in the meantime, gad
was recalled from tripoli when the uprising began five months ago. the meeting was to deliver this blunt mess rage. gadhafi has no choice but to yield power. these u.s. officials tell me no additional meeting is planned because gadhafi must go was clearly delivered. but a gadhafi spokesman in a conversation with our ivan watson had a different take. >> this is the first step and we welcome any further steps and we are prepared to talk war and explain what is happening in libya. we don't want to be in the community. >> who participate? >> if i may, you know, it's not the time to name people but, you know, it's a first step dialogue, okay. >> but it was direct face-to-face in indonesia on saturday? >> yes. >> ivan watson with us live from the libyan capital. ivan, fascinating reporting there. what was the answer when the united states delegation, as i'm told, he has to go. it's nonnegotiable. he has to go soon. i assume the libyans want to drag this out. >> reporter: well, in that conversation, gadhafi government spokesman said that the libyan side took his time to try to explain their position
of tripoli. >> get in the car. >> you guys. wait. [ bleep ] >> get in, mary. >> wait. wait, wait, wait. wait! >> wait, wait, wait! you in, mary? >> yeah, i'm in. >> okay, just calm down. >> we're cool. down! down! >> we're leaving this area because there's gunfire all around us, and we believe that gadhafi's forces are doing a roundabout move. so we are rushing out of this area. >> ben wedeman is safe, with us now live from zintan in western libya. it's harrowing to watch that footage. you're on the ground there about 50 miles south of tripoli. what happened? when did you first hear the gunfire and realize that things were going bad? >> reporter: we had gone to the outskirts of goholish to investigate this report from human rights watch that the rebels had vandalized property and burnt some houses in the area, and two of our drivers had gone up to the top of a hill just to look into the town to see what the situation was like, and right in front of him, they saw just about 150 yards away two car loads of gadhafi soldiers. and so they came rushing down the hill. and while they were coming dow
that is acceptable for the government in tripoli and the people of misrata. the city is still under attack. a petrol depot struck by rockets this week, this is hardly conducive for peace talks. the truth is that misrata remains on a war footing, hundreds of its men are dug-in, stretching for miles along the latest from lines. they are a little bit more organized, better equipped, even if they cannot always see who they are firing at. they plan to go all the way to tripoli. progress has been slower than britain and the west hoped-for. the fighting, not talking, that is the concentration. >> the rebels say they will not stop until they force gaddafi from power and out of libya. with nato's help, they have advanced but they lacked momentum. in britain, they might have no choice but to wait out a war with no clear end in sight. >> you are watching "bbc world news america." a year after devastating rains ravitch pakistan, we return to the hardest-hit region to see how people are coping in the aftermath. -- a year after devastating rains ravage pakistan. one country right and the heart of europe appears t
, tripoli. a regime like his, it is difficult to determine how much but the transitional council is being recognized internationally as an alternative government, and the political battle against the regime is heating up, amid a military stalemate. there are several different frontlines. to the west, to the west of tripoli. but there have been no devices ships -- no divisive shifts. this has gone on much longer than they hoped colonel gaddafi would last. it is turning up the diplomatic pressure, the government under pressure itself over the libyan campaign. bbc news. >> and for more on the significance of this move, i am joined from britain now by the "new york times" reporter who recently returned from libya. john, thank you for joining us. what kind of impact do you think this will have in libya? >> there will certainly be an impact on morale, and there is -- both by the u.k. and the u.s., and it is potentially billions of gaddafi assets in the united states that can have a practical effect. you have to remember that the transitional national council is a pretty road peabody to be hones
done libyan government officials told us. that i drove us two hours from tripoli to glee town to see the results of an early morning air strike. >> libyan government officials say this building was hit by nato bombs and that it contained nothing more than food, bags of flour, but nato says this is not the case. it insists that its most recent targets were used for military purposes. the libyan government says this bomb site nearby was a lung disease clinic hit by nato at 7:00 a.m. we were told seven people were killed and three were still trapped underneath the rubble. >> on this one, here, is nurses and doctors and this is the office for the lung disease. >> but in the short time we were there we did not see rescuers stop and listen for survives -- survivors under the wreckage nor did we get the chance to go to the hospital to see any bodies, but we did see smoke rising from the rebel-held area of misratah. the explosions we heard were the small group of gaddafi supporters around us. on the road between the front line and tripoli we saw long lines of cars waiting for petrol. this is
in the village from the capital , tripoli. >> and a decade after it all began, the eighth and final harry potter movie is to premiere. >> hello. thanks for being with us. some of the families of british soldiers who died in afghanistan are upset the phones of the victims may have been hacked into. the detectives for news of the world were found to have information leading to this thought. >> they pride themselves on supporting british soldiers. now it's alleged to have been responsible for hacking into the phones of those families. the reaction has been one of anger. >> well, i suppose some of the families are upset that the phones were hacked. >> news international said it would be appalled and horrified if there were any truth in the allegations and said they are friends of the service men and the support for the military over the years has been true and will continue to be so. the editor told staff yesterday there was a great deal of anger directed at the newspaper and it's an -- that an extremely painful period lie ahead. now all eyes fall the head rupert merdock. critics say he should be he
in their campaign toward the capital of tripoli. gabriel of the bbc has been talking to the rebels on the front lines, where he sent this report from. >> an extraordinary exchange has taken place here. just a few days ago when we were here there were scores of men firing their guns, firing off rockets from behind this sandbank over in that direction. you can see the amount of spent cartridges and littered up around the place, evidence of the fighting. now the place is almost completely empty. it down that road is where they have gone. rebel fighters have been coming back, saying they have now dug in seven or 8 kilometers in that direction. this is the first time the front line has moved in six weeks. it is a small breakthrough for the deadlock. some of the fighters that we have spoken to coming back from the front say that during all of the intensive fighting that they have seen in the past few days, there have been many casualties. they say nato has done absolutely nothing. they say they have heard their planes circling in the skies, but they have not helped out, as they see it. they believe t
moves near tripoli. they are advancing on a town less than 100 miles from the capital. once that falls, they believe the road to the west would open up. gabe real sent this report from misratah. >> it's a rare moment of quiet on misratah's western front. fighters are moving ahead. they captured this line and are now taking the -- advantage of the lull in fighting to regroup. for nearly two months misratah was stuck in a bloody stalemate and the rebels engaged fears daily battles with gaddafi troops. a kind of trench warfare. both sides taking heavy casualties. neither side making any gains, though. now they believe once the next town falls the road to tripoli will be open. but their light weaponry is no match for colonel gaddafi's long range rocket. until months ago none of these men had experience. they are medics, mechanics, farmers and students. but every new battle is a steep and bloody learning curve. this colonel is the man in overall charge of this stretch of the front line. there are several fighters here that claim an outstanding rank, but he is in fact a real colonel. before
, planning an attack on an area miles from tripoli. what matters now is the impact it has on their struggle against colonel gaddafi. it feeds into the tribal divisions that have always exact -- existed in the rebel movement. some are already armed and angry about what has taken place. more importantly, it has a severe impact on the military struggle of colonel gaddafi forces. it is at a crucial juncture when they need unity and momentum. in other ways, many commanders are leading the fight on the ground. the conflict has seen a series of local batters -- battles as well as a national one. this lt. colonel is another defector. he says the general's death will make them more determined to push on to tripoli. britain gave its full backing to the rebel government, and the west hope they are right. >> tens of thousands of syrians have turned out again for protest across the country, demanding the president resigned. it has killed elise four people. the biggest rally appears to be in hamas. there was a report of of fighting in several other cities. here we have this report from damascus. >> peopl
darfur. he was seen as a trader by tripoli. either way, his death has come under suspicious circumstances. the general was shot shortly before he was due to appear in front of a judicial committee. an armed gang apparently shot him, along with his aide. the head of the gang has been detained, but the in d.c. -- the ntc stopped short of linking them to gaddafi. >> this is the last warning to all armed gangs operating inside of the cities. >> what happened is hard to gauge at this point. as the rebels try to push on toward tripoli and altman to overthrow colonel gaddafi. -- ultimately to overthrow colonel gaddafi, it is unclear the path that will take. >> the wrangling over the u.s. debt crisis has failed to resolve the issue. the vote in the house of representatives has now been put off. let's find out why from our washington correspondent steve, a massive setback. gregg's -- washington correspondent. steve, a massive setback. >> john boehner had hoped by now republicans in the house would have passed his proposal to cut the deficit and raise temporarily the debt ceiling so that america do
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